- Ax 2013
Arrest Bulldog Drummond
Stuart Walker, William LeBaron (executive) for Paramount
directed by James P.Hogan
starring John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B.Warner, Reginald Denny, E.E.Clive, Jean Fenwick, Zeffie Tilbury, George Zucco, Leonard Mudie, Evan Thomas, Clyde Cook, David Clyde, George Regas, Neil Fitzgerald, Claud Allister, Ferdinand Munier, John Davidson, John Rogers, John Sutton, Sam Savitsky, Hercules Mendez, Billy Bevan, Jimmy Aubrey, Frank Lackteen, Steve Clemente, Forrester Harvey, Olaf Hytten, Gerald Rogers, Frank Baker, Harold Garrison, Eugene Jackson, Ruth Rogers
screenplay by Stuart Palmer, based on The Final Count by Herman C.McNeile (= Sapper), music by Gerard Carbonara
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As ever so often in this series, Bulldog Drummond (John Howard) is to
marry his sweetheart Phyllis (Heather Angel) the very next day ... when he
somehow becomes entangled in a murder mystery, and this time the victim is
one of his firends (Leonard Mudie) who has developed a detonator
which can cause explosives to go off from a distance of half a mile, maybe
more, only via certain rays. And though Drummond is desperate to marry
Phyllis, he sees it best to call it off when the actual culprit only known
as the Stinger (George Zucco) threatens to take her life should Drummond
interfere, and Drummond even sees to it that Phyllis goes on their
honeymoon without him ...
After failing to capture the Stinger in the UK
though, Drummond has to realize to his horror that the villain and his
female sidekick Lady Beryl (Jean Fenwick) have taken exactly the same
cruise ship to Gibraltar Phyllis has taken. Somehow, Phyllis finds out
Stinger and Lady Beryl are up to no good, and she figures Drummond has to
be after them (don't ask how she figures that out), but she tries to move
in on them on her own, and quickly becomes their hostage. Drummond, along
with his sidekick Algie (Reginald Denny) and his servant Tenny (E.E.Clive)
do their best to save her though, and after a bit of a mixup that has
Algie and Tenny temporarily become the Stinger's hostages and that causes
an ammunitions depot to go up with a bang, Drummond even manages to
deliver the baddies to justice and destroy their infernal device.
most of Paramount's Bulldog Drummond features, this
is a light-hearted murder mystery/espionage story that up to a point is
easy to like - yet it's one of the weaker entries into the series because
the plot is simplistic and overly constructed at the same time, it
contains way too many plotholes, and above all, it loses steam about
halfway through its story, once the murder mystery aspects of the plot are
resolved, from which point on it's nothing more than a few pointless and
not too exciting chases. Still, as a whole the whole thing is still
entertaining, just nothing special.